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I always thought the well decorated gas mask bag was as cool as the painted helmet, but it isn't nearly as highly valued by collectors. I also especially like the diary bags where the vets listed all the places that they had been stationed, sometimes with the dates. Also, I like the sayings they superimposed, like "I need thee every hour!" and "Next to the gal, my best pal!" These really were an every day necessity at the time!

 

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Hawk,

GREAT documentation of a really interesting uniform group. Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph and share.

 

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Great balloon group and diary gas mask bag!! Could you take a close up of the insignia on the front of the helmet? It's also great to have the soldier's photo!

 

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Hope this helps, I never figured out what the three items (resemble rockets) are but they are flanked by machine guns and signal flags. They are not painted but rather the paint was scraped away and the bare metal underneath turned dark. There is also some writing over the three center images that I believe is his serial number and name, W. X. Spellman.

 

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Hawk, I also wanted to have a better look at the front of your Balloon Co. lid. Thanks for posting it.

 

Either I've seen your helmet somewhere else, or I have an image of a similar insignia depicting three vertical, shells, rockets, arrows (?) somewhere in my files. If i can remember where I put it, I'll post it.

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Mike, thanks for identifying that 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division Bag was yours ... maybe when you have time, you could post a larger image of the painted insignia.

 

Yet another 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division painted gasmask satchel, along with a close up of the insignia. It's beginning to look as if the entire regiment might have painted their gasmask carriers?

 

Photos courtesy of Bay State Militaria.com

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Mike, thanks for identifying that 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division Bag was yours ... maybe when you have time, you could post a larger image of the painted insignia.

 

Yet another 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division painted gasmask satchel, along with a close up of the insignia. It's beginning to look as if the entire regiment might have painted their gasmask carriers?

 

Photos courtesy of Bay State Militaria.com

 

Here is a close up of my 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment bag.

 

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Mike

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My latest find that came out of a trade. A 2/23 painted gas mask satchel.

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77th & 80th Division ... left hand photo courtesy of Bay State Militaria.com

 

Is the PVT OTTO Harry Leroy Gas Mask Bag for sale. I have his razor set, canteen cup, wallet, blue ridge patch, etc. I've also a gas mask bag which is marked with his name and ASN.

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I doubt that anyone would have been allowed to do that during wartime. I have seen a few with a little writing on them, but even that I suspect was post armistice. The masks were supposed to be exchanged so that the filters could be replaced, so it is doubtful that too many of the millions of masks produced were kept by the same man from start to finish. I would not be surprised if there was an order sent out prohibiting any personalization of the mask facepiece or canister. Keep in mind too, that many (but certainly not all) of the masks and their carriers/bags/satchels were post-Armistice re-issue.

 

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Here is Sgt Melvin Dennie's art work he added to his gas mask bag. Sgt Dennie was a member of the 88th Division and was from Iowa. I have his uniform and helmet as well.

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Hopefully i can revive this thread.

 

My latest find that came out of a trade. A 2/23 painted gas mask satchel.

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Pretty much a match to a named uniform group I have with painted bag and helmet

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Pretty much a match to a named uniform group I have with painted bag and helmet

 

Hi R, feel free to add it if you can get some photos of it. Always nice to see these, especially this time of year when some of us still reserve a thought or two for the doughboys of 1917-1918. Long live their memory; their stories are preserved through the artifacts they passed on to us.

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Great thread here....I will add a couple things as well.

 

Here is a photo of the HQ Staff of the 110th MG Battalion, 29 Division AEF....most of these men have put some sort of embellishment on their gas mask bags as well as their helmets. Also pictured below is the helmet and gas mask carried by Pvt. Paul A. Klonowski, Company L, 116th US Infantry.

 

IMO all done post-Armistice within the 29th Division, at least I havent seen anything like this within the 29th that can be proven it was done on the front linein terms of what their duties required of them in the 3 weeks in combat north of Verdun, they simply wouldnt have had time.

 

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Here is one I have from a man in the 35th Division. It is marked with a black triangle, like the patch on his uniform sleeve.

 

 

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Nice example, thank you for sharing it.

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